Outfit of the Day, Vol. 4: Black and White for My BFF’s Baby Shower

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I’ve been feeling kinda chunky and bloated all day long (damn you, PMS!) and came this close to wearing sweats and a tank top to my BFF’s baby shower this afternoon, but I didn’t want to break any unwritten party etiquette rules like “Thou shalt not wear stretchy pants to events celebrating major life changes,” or anything like that, so I nixed the idea, as tempting as it was.

Instead, I pulled out one of my favorite dresses, a black cotton strapless A-line I picked up years ago at Gap.

I love how forgiving it is. Ah, sweet, wonderful A-line… Fitted at the top, it gradually widens toward the hem to form the shape of a capital letter A. They’re one of my favorite cuts — so great if you’re trying to disguise your tum and/or bum but still want to show a little bit of shape.



I think the black makes it a little more slimming, too, and the color never really goes out of style.

Here I’m dressing it up with some Chanel-inspired accessories from Forever 21, an ivory lace sweater and black wedges. I considered dressing it down with a denim jacket, hoops and flip-flops but decided against it this time around.

A breakdown of the outfit…

  • Dress — Gap (it was years ago…)
  • Sweater — Nordstrom (I found it in the junior’s section)
  • Shoes — Franco Sarto (I’m not sure if they still carry these…)
  • Necklace — Forever 21 (check the store for availability)
  • Purse — Kate Spade (check the store for availability)

What’s your favorite flattering/forgiving outfit or dress?

Well, my Giant Pet Hair Roller and I bid you adieu (this dress picks up cat fur like crazy!). See you after the shower, hopefully with some loot from the games. 😀

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Vijaya says:

    You look *so* beautiful. Though, I suppose that’s par for the course for you! 😉
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  2. Gela says:

    Wow, gorg! (in the words of the Kardashians)

  3. Elle says:

    You look GORGEOUS. And I love the haircut!!

  4. Vonvon says:

    I love the lace sweater!
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  5. Andrea says:

    Your outfit looks gorgeous also your new hair style and make up. I’m totally in love with the sweater with lace :)

  6. Rebecca says:

    A-lines are the best! I also love tops with the empire cut with a pair of slimmer cut jeans; very slimming and comfy. Your hair is super cute BTW. :)

  7. Jessi says:

    You look breathtaking Karen! I love your new hair!

    Oh and congrats to you BFF!
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  8. Cass says:

    You really do look great! Your outfit and hair look amazing and I love your lips! It just works! I am glad that you went with this over sweats. 😉

  9. Tiffany says:

    You look great! Have fun at the shower!!

  10. Alina says:

    You look beautiful Karen! I love your hair :)

  11. Terri says:

    Very chic! I love the lacy sweater, necklace, and wedges with that dress.

  12. iceempress says:

    love, love, love the hair. you look so cute! so retro modern. which reminds me i really need to get a haircut soon.

  13. Maria Palma says:

    Very cute outfit! I also have a black A-line dress that I wear when I’m feeling a little bloated. It’s loose and airy – great for hot summer days. I like to jazz it up with funky accessories.
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  14. Izzy says:

    i looooove your new hair! SO CUTE

  15. Crystal says:

    you look great! your hair is fantastic!
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  16. mylyntm says:

    you look beautiful!!!love the whole look=)love the your new hairdo=)

  17. Mary says:

    You look amazing, Karen!! What are you wearing on your eyes and lips?

  18. Chris25 says:

    You look so adorable, Karen! Can you tell us what makeup are you wearing in these pics?

  19. Tracy says:

    So pretty Karen!! And the new hair is amazing!!!
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  20. Kate & Zena says:

    Oh, Karen, I love the new haircut! My hair is too fine for that kind of haircut, but it looks fabulous on you. I especially like it with that outfit. It really ties it all together. It really is cute.

    I got my hair cut exactly one week ago so it looks like we both went for a change! You can see my cut on FB, but I’ll make sure to leave a direct link for you here so you can see it.

    Before and After

  21. Katie says:

    You’re haircut is too fabulous for words! I love it, hope you do too!

  22. Emily says:

    Karen I totally have (or had?) this dress! It looks great on you!

  23. kayla says:

    like everyone said, your hair looks fabulous on you! really accentuates your features and makes you look even sweeter than before~

  24. Nina says:

    gorgeous outfit! <3s it!

  25. Emily says:

    This outfit is fabulous! I love the dress, and the sheer lace back on the cardigan. Super cute! And the way you did your hair looks amazing too.

  26. Ruchita says:

    I love seeing your outfits. You look gorgeous! I like how the cardigan has lace in the back.

    I love wearing A-line dresses when PMS hits. I bought a couple of knit dresses from Express that are very comfortable and figure flattering. They’re as comfortable as wearing a pair of sweats!

  27. laksh says:

    You are looking Gorgeous :)….. I had said it before and I say it again, Love <3 your new hairstyle!!!
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  28. Alix says:

    If you’re not tired of hearing it yet — fab hair! Now please reveal the name of that stunning lipstick!

  29. Kali says:

    Absolutely gorg! I love your new haircut by the way!

  30. Erin says:

    You look absolutely sensational! I hope you have fun….by the way, bloated? Pshhh. You hide it well :).
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  31. EH says:

    Oooh…I love the lace back on your cardigan. It gives your outfit such a chic vibe!

  32. shannon says:

    Wow!! that hair cut looks FAB on you!
    You look stunning here!
    I resently bought a baby pink and white lace dress from H&M and it was $5!
    its fab! I can wear it on a lazy saterday or to school! :)

  33. Kelly says:

    LOL! I have the same dress and it’s PERFECT for those “I-feel-fat-but-I-need-to-look-good” days (i.e., PMS’ing). Love the way you styled it with the lacy sweater and chunky heels. Very cute. I do like your new hair, but must admit that I really loved your old haircut and thought it framed your face beautifully. What inspired the change in hair?

  34. yuri says:

    you look so cute with bangs

  35. Vanessa says:

    Your hair is amazing!

  36. Kimberly says:

    It’s a very sweet look on you… i love it!
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  37. peach_ says:

    I love your new hair! I keep seeing you wear that necklace and I’m lusting after it now! So pretty!

  38. Kimberly says:

    PS Loving the bangs!! Frames your cheekbones :)

  39. allie says:

    You are rocking those bangs!!

  40. Paris B says:

    I love your new hair and the outfit. It looks very chic :)
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  41. Natalie says:

    OMG I loooove the new hair! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked myself into bangs only to regret it when the first cut is made and it’s too late to turn back. You would think I would learn my lesson but somehow I keep convincing myself I need bangs! It’s a vicious (why does that look wrong? I even spell-checked it.) cycle. Perfect outfit for a shower! You’ll be the belle of the ball!

  42. Jen says:

    Looking great Karen!

    After finishing 5 and a half years at University on student support, I come out of it now realising that clothes were never a focal point of my spendings. I am looking forward to getting a job now and going shopping! I can’t even remember the last time I went out shopping with the intention of getting new clothes. ;___;

    P.S. Love the hair!

  43. Dee says:

    That is one AMAZING outfit! Simple yet elegant! <3 <3 <3

  44. Karo says:

    You look so wonderful! And I like you new haircut! You look so good!
    xoxo
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  45. Marinshe says:

    Very elegant and cute <3

  46. Diana says:

    Very chic black & white look! I love your necklace so much.

  47. Reese says:

    Love your new haircut,Karen!

  48. Naj says:

    Okay, I am gonna dream very very hard that I’ll have this look. Plus the hair. Ahhhh, so prettyyyyyy!

  49. Maribeth says:

    Love the white sweater! Very feminine and flowing, love the ruffles. Are they clip on bangs? They are very flattering. No you don’t look PMSy @ all. God I’m glad those days are over for me!

  50. Marian says:

    I love every single piece of your outfit! ….and your hair looks great! You look very chic!

  51. I have that cardigan in pink!!! Love the outfit!

  52. Amanda says:

    You look so freakin adorable! I love how you look pretty, ladylike, and put together, yet still demure enough to show that you’re not trying to steal anyone’s thunder. Your bff is a lucky girl. :)

  53. Emma RZ says:

    Have you taken some length off your hair? It’s really pretty. I also love that cardie.

  54. saku says:

    Like the bangs, too cute.

  55. Gina G says:

    Super cute!

  56. Barbara says:

    You look lovely!!

  57. Kim says:

    This is a great look! I love the new hair, btw. Your bangs look awesome. :)

  58. Millie says:

    How beautiful, very classy.

  59. myshopgirl says:

    I love black & white too! I had a similar post on this just now!

    Yup! love the new hair, too. :)
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